How to Jump Start a Car
Are you having problems starting your car, crossover, or SUV? If so, you might need a jumpstart, car battery service, or another related auto service. In most cases, you’ll just need to learn how to jumpstart a car! If your car can’t start, and you need to learn how to jump start for yourself, our team at %di_name%% will help you learn how to properly jump start a car below! That way you won’t have to call a jump start car service in New Haven.
The Proper Way to Jump Start a Car
What is the proper way to jump start a car battery? First and foremost, you’ll need a set of jumper cables! And of course, you can always call a jump start car service, such as AAA, if you need a jump start and don’t know how or don’t feel safe. If you’d rather learn how to do it yourself, then follow these steps:
- The car with the good battery should park closely so that jumper cables can reach both batteries. Check to make sure the parking brakes on both models are engaged, and that both cars are turned off.
- Locate the batteries on both vehicles. You may need to remove a plastic hood to expose the battery terminals, and some vehicles might not have a battery under the hood.
- Find the positive and negative terminals, making sure they’re clean and free of any corrosion for this process to work safely.
- Connect the red clamp to the positive post on the dead battery.
- Attach the remaining red clamp to the positive terminal of the battery with the charge.
- Place the black clamp to the negative post on the working battery.
- Connect the final clamp to an unpainted metal surface on the car’s frame.
- Start the engine of the vehicle with the good battery first once everything is secure. Then it is time to start the car with the dead battery.
- Once the dead vehicle has been jump-started, carefully remove the jumper cables in the reverse order of how they were connected. Shut off the car that was assisting the vehicle with the dead battery.
- The engine on the vehicle that received the battery charge should run for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the problem does not happen again. Your owner’s manual should have more information on recommended charging times.
Common Battery Problems
Car battery problems are a common source of car trouble and are responsible for their fair share of breakdowns. Stay prepared and be alert for these common car battery problems when doing vehicle maintenance and remember these common issues when troubleshooting and learning how to jump start a car:
- Leaving headlights on can drain your battery, and is one of the most common problems
- Loose terminals can occur due to connection breaks from driving over bumpy roads or from corrosion on the battery itself
- A corroded diode can be a major car battery problem and can quickly make your battery useless
- Your battery life and age as well as your battery fluid level also can be problems
More Battery Tips and Tricks
Car won’t jump start? If so, then you might be facing more serious issues. If your car won’t jump start, you may need a battery replacement, or it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Take these following tips into consideration:
- If you try and start the car but hear only clicking, there’s likely an issue with your starter. Schedule service at Hamden Mazda near Wallingford to help resolve the issue.
- If the electrical systems of the car turn on, but the engine fails to turn over, the problem could be a number of things. The ignition switch, battery, starter, or a fuse could be causing problems. Again, heading to our North Haven-area dealership is your best bet.
- You can start a car with a bad alternator. The car will keep running for a while no matter how bad the alternator is. Anytime you jump start a car you are charging the battery as well. As the battery is rarely completely dead, your battery will most likely still have enough power to run the engine once it is started by jumpstarting.
Turn to Hamden Mazda for Service
If you need a jumpstart car service, a new battery, or need help diagnosing an issue, our team is here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, or to call us at 203-288-7761 to schedule an appointment with our service experts today. Also be sure to read up on tire rotations, Mazda3 hatchback trims, and winter emergency car kits with our team! We’d also love to help you compare a moonroof vs. sunroof and learn more about the benefits of OEM parts.